It depends. If you are painting panels that are not soundproof then the answer is probably yes. If however, you are painting soundproof panels then the answer would be no.

That’s because paint doesn’t offer any sound absorption or deadening qualities, so if your ultimate goal is to provide acoustic privacy in a room, paint will only serve to mess up your installation and completely defeat the purpose of having invested in acoustical paneling to begin with. Painted surfaces may also present an increased fire risk due to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released by paint fumes when they evaporate into the air.

If you are using panels for soundproofing purposes, then no.

However, since the panels are made of acoustic vinyl, they are able to reflect sound waves, which gives the illusion that they are absorbing sound waves! Each panel will absorb around 80% of low frequencies and 70% of high frequencies. It also means that if you were to use a concert hall as an example that is well-engineered to express low bass frequencies, then there will be very little reflected sound at all. This is because it’s impossible for one material to absorb all frequencies equally.

As a result of this you may notice slightly dampened sounding music when playing music through your newly installed or modified room. This is perfectly fine and is a necessary effect in order to achieve the coveted ‘soundproofing’ quality.

With regard to painting panels… again, it depends. Acoustic vinyl material is extremely tough and can withstand multiple layers of paint, however, you should never paint over panels with an acoustic vinyl covering as the paint will only remain on the surface and will not adhere to the actual panel itself, thus defeating its purpose of providing a soundproofing barrier in a room. When it comes to painting your panels that have a foam coating then yes, most paints are available for this purpose.

Where to buy a white acoustic fabric?

There are several places that sell the material. It’s not really white, it is more of an off-white. There are some roll suppliers but I don’t think they sell the material anymore. If you go on Google and search acoustical fabric or acoustic absorber you will come up with many suppliers. There is also some on eBay, but make sure to read the description very carefully before purchasing it.

How to paint acoustic fabric in white?

First, you will need to buy some paint. You may already have some in your garage or local hardware store. If you want white, then it better be something close to white or if you want any other color, please make sure it is the same color of the fabric.

Second, you need to take an old brush and wrap each tip of the brush with tape. Use several layers of tape so that the tape tightly sticks the bristles together. You may also use a small piece of cloth or string instead of tape since it is easier to apply on a round surface like a paint brush handle.

Third, coat the brush with paint and start applying it to the fabric. Go slow and layer the paint using thin coats instead of thick ones since we want a smooth finish, otherwise you might see brush strokes on your fabric. You may use a regular sponge for this job but you will need to buy thicker paint than if you were to use a regular brush.

Fourth, do not over paint your fabric. We just want enough layers that will protect the fabric from getting damaged or stained once we install it into our home or studio. If you over paint, you will end up with white bumps or splotches on your fabric and it will look terrible.

Fifth, after you finish applying the paint, let it dry overnight and check if needed. If it still looks fine, put your panels onto the furniture or whatever. Make sure they are installed in a safe place where they won’t fall off or cause damage to your floors or furniture.

Sixth, do not go back with a brush and start removing the paint with a very fine/narrow point brush because this could cause holes in the fabric that are not supposed to be there since we are using vinyl for acoustical protection. These holes will make the fabric very weak and it will tear once we start taking our panels down.

How many panels should I install?

It depends on several factors… how much room you have, what type of music you like listening to, cost etc… but generally speaking if your room is 50 square feet or less then two panels are usually sufficient.

How can I purchase paint to use on my acoustic panels?

As far as paints go it doesn’t really matter too much what you use. You can probably just buy whatever you like off the shelf. However, there are some paints that are made especially for acoustical applications. They are either sprayed or brushed on which gives them a slightly thicker consistency than normal paints.

What white fabric is best for absorbing sound?

The best fabric for absorbing sound is anything that can absorb sound. The type of fabric you use will not have any bearing on its ability to absorb sound. It may have an impact on how it looks though, depending on the color of your fabric.

Breathable white fabric for acoustic panels?

There are several acoustical panels in the market that come with a breathable white vinyl covering. Breathing is important for absorbing sound. If you have an open hole in the middle of your panel, it will probably get really hot and might eventually get damaged. This is because sound reflects off one surface and vice versa, so if there’s a hole in the center of the fabric, then sound reflects directly back into your room through that hole.

I am not sure about all of them but some of them do claim to be breathable, while others do not actually say that at all. If you have a panel that is not breathable, then be aware that there is a hole in the middle of the fabric and sound will leak in and out of this hole.

1. If you decide to use a white acoustic fabric, you need to be careful when installing it in your room so that the paint doesn’t get on it.

2. White acoustic fabric can absorb sound well since it absorbs all frequencies equally. You can find many white fabrics that are 100% absorbing or nearly 100% absorbing.. If only one frequency is not absorbed well by your acoustic panel, then there will be a dull sound in your room.

3. Its hard to maintain the panels because they’re very delicate and susceptible to damage from handling or accidental “splatters”.

4. It can keep your room energy efficient since it gives off less heat.

5. The sound will be very even across the whole surface of the panel so there are no “hot spots” or “dead spots”.

6. You can easily paint it with your favorite color if you have a color fabric. If you have a black, brown, gray or white fabric, you should not paint it since it will look messy afterwards if you use an incorrect paint.

7. You can easily make them to be perfectly smooth if you have a DSP system.

8. DSP is the only way you can get good sound absorption over a whole range of frequencies without having any “hot spots” or “dead spots”. Perforated fabric may solve some of the problems of using just solid panels, but it does not correct phase anomalies that are present in solid panels.